Friday, August 19, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Jester by Brielle D. Porter

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Jester by Brielle D. Porter. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Jester
Author: Brielle D. Porter
Publisher: CamCat
Publication Date: August 9th 2022
Print Length: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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What happens in Oasis, stays in Oasis.

Lisette’s father killed the King. His execution leaves Lisette alone, disgraced, and without the magic he intended to pass on to her. In Oasis, that’s a problem. Glutted with enchanted performers, Oasis is a sin city where courtiers pay in gold to drink, gamble, and above all, be entertained. To survive on its competitive streets, Lisette peddles paltry illusions in place of magic.

Desperate to prove herself, Lisette enters into a deadly competition to be chosen as the highest-ranked magician in the world, the Queen’s Jester. But her rival, the irritatingly handsome Luc, possesses the one thing Lisette does not―real magic. Lisette will do anything to win, but when evidence implicating the Queen in her husband’s murder surfaces, Lisette must choose between redeeming her family name, or seizing the fame she’s hungered for her entire life.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
“Last night,” I promise the girl in the reflection. I’ve only said it a million times before.

The dressing room door bangs open, and Pearl, one of the servers, collapses into the chair next to mine in a heap of feathers. She peels her shoes off, groaning.

“Long day?” I ask, patting a glittery balm onto my lips.

“One of the patrons won the jackpot,” Pearl says, without even opening her eyes, still slumped in the chair.

Now it’s my turn to groan. Most of the time the bouncers, Louie’s carefully trained enforcers, can sniff out even the faintest magic, ensuring there are never any cheaters. Not coincidentally, most of the bigger winners end up accused of magical manipulation, but even the bouncers can’t prevent all wins.

“Louie’s been a nightmare,” Pearl adds, although that part is obvious. Louie hates winners, even though a big win usually means more patrons, all hoping the luck is contagious. I steel myself for the long night ahead.

Adjusting my headdress, I head out onto the casino floor, grabbing a tray of drinks. All around, dead-eyed patrons drink and gamble. Faded palm trees adorn the worn and scuffed carpets. Being one of the lower-end casinos on Oasis, Louie doesn’t have it in the budget to use much magic to keep patrons willingly imprisoned here, so he has to resort to more ordinary techniques. There are no windows, no clocks, nothing to distract players from their own self-destruction. Even without the added allure of magic, I’ve seen players spend days in the casino, unaware of anything but the whir, spin, and lights of the games.

“Over here, darling,” a voice drawls, shaking me from my thoughts. I dutifully make my way to the Hanged Man table.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brielle D. Porter decided to become a writer after a well-meaning elementary school teacher told her she had a gift for it. Stolen moments under the covers reading anything from Harry Potter to William Goldman solidified the desire to tell stories herself one day. Jester is her debut novel. 
 
Brielle lives with her husband and three sons on a lavender farm in Northern Idaho. When she’s not writing, she can be found running and beekeeping. Only ask her about her hobbies if you have plenty of time to spare.

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GIVEAWAY:
Brielle D. Porter will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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18 comments:

  1. Sounds great! I like the cover and excerpt.

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  2. I love the cover, this sounds really interesting too

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  3. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  4. looks like a fun one

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  5. I really like the cover-very distinctive!

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  6. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 3:36 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  7. I think it sounds like a good story.

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  8. Looks like a fun read. Thank you

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  9. The book sounds interesting.

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  10. Congratulations on your release of Jester, Brielle, I enjoyed the excerpt and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a fantastic read and I love the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous TGIF!

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  11. Young Adult Fantasy Romance - I love the genre & the cover & title for this great read!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  12. Happy Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour as much as I have enjoyed reading about you and your work. Jester sounds like an awesome story and I am looking forward to reading it. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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